one-upmanship one-upmanship


  • (n) the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor


  1. Independent experts, however, caution against such nationalistic one-upmanship.
  2. Now it's time for one-upmanship, as hoteliers and entrepreneurs race to build ever more exotic getaways that transcend mere luxury stock.
  3. Sir Charles Percy Snow is a novelist of one-upmanship in British science and politics.


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    Please login to view the requested resource. HARRISONBURG — The Bridgewater Reds have mastered the game of one-upmanship.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

  2. Big personalities come into play as trial commences

    Today’s opening of the blockbuster trial of Southie gangster James “Whitey” Bulger pits tireless prosecutors against a steadfast defense team that is sure to produce fireworks all summer long. Legal experts predict jurors will be sent on a wild ride through the 83-year-old mobster’s brutal past packed with cunning and courtroom one-upmanship.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Boston Herald


  1. While Begley calls the rivalry a "a friendly, humorous one-upmanship," he admits there are parts of the competition that are quite serious.
    on Jul 10, 2008 By: Ed Begley Jr Source: Washington Post

  2. Shacochis calls it "a kind of one-upmanship on the way everyone else travels - museums bad, slums good; solitude good, companions bad; airlines bad, railways good. It is a code and he's very strict about it, and sometimes it seems so strict that...
    on Aug 14, 2008 By: Bob Shacochis Source: Youngstown Vindicator

  3. "My response to that is never put your personal feelings ahead of the team, but on the same front support your teammate and don't accept any type of one-upmanship," Connolly said.
    on Jun 13, 2007 By: Chris Connolly Source: Real Footy

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